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Digital Communication and Media Arts (MA)

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Innovate communication across digital platforms

The master's in Digital Communication and Media Arts (DCMA) will give you the technical skills and tools to effectively navigate the digital communication landscape. This flexible program allows you to tailor your coursework across interests such as branding, content strategy, social media, data-driven marketing, media literacy, documentary production and design.

This interdisciplinary degree program is offered through the College of Communication and the College of Computing and Digital Media; you’ll take courses in Public Relations and Advertising, Journalism, Media and Cinema Studies, and Digital Communication. Concentrate in Digital Communication or Media Art.

The program is typically completed in two years. Classes are offered weekday evenings on the Loop Campus.

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A dynamic market for digital media professionals

With major production companies, media outlets, startups and nonprofits just steps from campus, you’ll find opportunities to work at organizations of any size, across every enterprise in Chicago. DCMA students have interned at places like DKC, Facets Multimedia and LX MGMT. You'll use the same tools in the classroom that you will in the industry—our state-of-the-art facilities include a converged newsroom, two writing labs, a television studio, audio booths, an 82-seat film screening room and black box theater.

Application Deadlines

Applications are reviewed on a continuous basis. Priority deadlines for scholarships are as follows:

  • Fall quarter: June 1
  • Winter quarter: November 2
  • Spring quarter (Certificate in Digital Communication only): February 15

Admission Requirements

Submit the online application, official transcripts, a statement of purpose, letters of recommendation, and résumé or curriculum vitae.

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Required Courses

You’ll take an introductory course, four core courses and nine electives. Complete your degree with a comprehensive exam, scholarly paper or master's project.

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94%

of 2018 Digital Communication and Media Arts MA graduates were employed, continuing their education or not seeking employment within six months of graduation

Study with faculty who are noted industry contributors

Assistant Professor Samantha Close, PhD, spends her time studying competitive video gaming on college campuses. She is collaborating with Arizona State University to learn how different campus cultures might impact how welcome student gamers feel and with DePaul students to understand the upsides and downsides of the passion that drives esports players and fans.

“What stands out most from the program is its holistic approach to the field; writing, PR, research and theory were interwoven in a way that I feel made me a better content creator and consumer.”

Jenny Montagne
Communications and Media
Alumnus 2018

Alumni Network

Alumni of the master's in Digital Communication and Media Arts program have gone on to careers as visual specialists, social media managers, digital advertising designers and more. They work in government, nonprofits, theatre, digital media, and PR and entertainment. You’ll also be connected to a network of more than 8,500 College of Communication alumni.

Scholarships

The College of Communication offers a tuition award and scholarship opportunities. In addition, the DCMA program has a limited number of graduate assistantships that include a one-course tuition waiver. Learn more about the opportunities available to you.

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Contact Information

For more information about applying, contact The Office of Graduate Admission at (773) 325-4405 or gradcom@depaul.edu.

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